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14 June – 10 November
The New York art scene in the 80s reflected street art, rap and social activism, and no artist combined these themes with greater vibrancy and fun than Keith Haring. This is the first major exhibition of Haring’s work in the UK and looks like it’s going to be the Hot Ticket for art lovers this year.
Op Art in Focus
Until 5 July 2020
This exhibition will present you with a collection of optical artworks that are all aimed at beguiling your eyes.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
1 February – 6 May
These drawings by the original Renaissance Man have been taken from the Royal Collection (by arrangement) and will be on display to mark 500 years since the old master’s death.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style
15 March – 26 August
The iconic style of Scottish omni-talent Mackintosh is on show in an exhibition of 250 objects that span his life, displaying what was to become the only Art Nouveau movement in the UK.
The Beatles Story
It’s 50 years since The Beatles released Abbey Road and, naturally, the Beatles museum is celebrating this anniversary with events and celebrations.
For the first time ever the iconic gates of Strawberry Field are opening to the public, hopefully forever. The site is being lovingly restored by the Salvation Army and tells the story of the former children’s home and John Lennon’s love of the place.
6 Nations at Murrayfield
The RBS Six Nations kicks off this February so head to Murrayfield and see Scotland tackle their opponents. (Scotland v Italy: 2 February, Scotland v Ireland: 9 February, Scotland v Wales: 9 March).
18 Jan – 5 May
The National Museum of Scotland is hosting this exhibition where over 100 objects will reveal our fascination with automatons and androids dating back 500 years. It will also show you some of the latest humanoids in action, and reveal what a world shared with intelligent robots might look like.
The Simply Health Great North Run
8 September 2019
The most high-profile half marathon in the world returns, it’s spectator-lined course once again covering 13.1 miles from Newcastle, across the iconic Tyne Bridge and onto the picturesque coastal finish in South Shields.
Leeds Young Film Festival
28 March - 5 April
Leeds Young Film Festival is the UK’s largest family film event where the whole family can watch, learn and play. Join over 15,000 other children and their families over Easter to explore the world of film, animation and virtual reality through screenings, live shows, workshops and drop-ins across the City.
Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds is an annual city centre music festival held across a variety of unique venues in Leeds during the first bank holiday weekend in May. Winner of Best Metropolitan Music Festival at the UK Festival Awards, the festival will celebrate the best in upcoming local bands, alongside more established names.
Leeds Indie Food Fest
Each May the city celebrates its fantastic food scene with Leeds Indie Food Festival, the country’s biggest festival of independent food and drink culture. The festival sees businesses all over the city collaborating to run innovative events, with everyone from fine dining restaurants to coffee shops, from independent cinemas to art galleries getting in on the action.
4 – 21 July
It’s that time again. Every two years MIF rolls around and knocks our socks off. It’s one of the country’s biggest arts events and, while the full lineup isn’t announced until March, some details are already available.
Bells for Peace
The opening event sees the world premiere of this event from Yoko Ono. Thousands of people’s voices and an orchestra of bells will ring out for peace and welcome the world to MIF 19.
29 June – 10 July
Music dance and film will take audiences on a journey in search of the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa. Idris Elba’s album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack to this thrilling new piece by co-creator Kwame Kwei-Armah Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic.
17 – 19 July
Grime polymath Skepta is inviting us to a secret location to enter a whole new world. Dystopia987 promises a waking dream that presents Skepta’s singular vision of the future: deep, dark, radical and riveting.
Friends & Family & Beer
1 – 2 March
Manchester beer royalty Cloudwater, have decided to get in on the beer festival bandwagon and are getting in the beers from the world’s best independent craft breweries. The brewery talks about it in more depth on its blog. This is not the only Beer Festival taking place in Manchester, either. There's also Indy Man Beer Con; Manchester Beer and Cider Festival; and Manchester Beer Week.
June to August
2019 marks 200 years since protesting Mancunians were attacked by a violent militia, provoking global outrage and becoming a defining moment for Britain’s evolving democracy. The event will be commemorated across the city by a partnership of the People’s History Museum and Manchester Histories
Naturally, this tantalising collection is just a taste of the entertaining, educational, inspiring and just plain fun events that are taking place across the North in 2019. Stay tuned each month for more details and if your appetite has been whetted book your Advance tickets today.